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At PACO, we work to promote the interests of paralegals, foster relationships with the legal community, serve the public, advocate the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and endorse the mission of PACO.
Upcoming Events...

February 13, 2020
PACO Executive Board Meeting

February 18, 2020
General Membership Meeting

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Paralegal Day 2020:

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OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam - Refresher Course

The Paralegal Programs at Capital University Law School host an annual Refresher Course for individuals taking the OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam. The date for the 2020 Refresher Course is Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. (registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.). The Refresher Course will provide sessions for all core content topics covered in the certification exam. Read more, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa M. Diem at ldiem@law.capital.edu or (614) 236-6444.

To register for the 2020 Refresher Course, please complete the form at http://law.capital.edu/OPEC_Refresher_Course/.

PACO General Membership Meeting:
February 18, 2020

PACO's Programs Committee has been busy coordinating General Membership Meetings which are held monthly at the Columbus Bar Association, from 12 Noon- 1:00 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time: 12 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Place: Columbus Bar Association, 175 S. Third Street, Suite 1100, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Speaker: Julie Carmona
Topic: Electronic Discovery Management and ACEDS

To register for this event, please click here.

PACO is excited to have Julie Carmona speak to us about the field of electronic discovery and ACEDS (Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialist). Julie is an E-Discovery Project Manager in the Vorys Columbus office. Julie has a paralegal degree and has worked in the legal industry for more than 25 years. Julie has extensive trial experience and has managed large scale document reviews and productions involving e-discovery. Julie has a great deal of experience in various ESI applications including Viewpoint and Relativity. She is also a Certified E-Discovery Specialist (ACEDS), certified in ViewPoint, LAW 5.0, Summation and Lean Six Sigma. Julie received her B.A. and her paralegal certificate from Capital University Law School's Paralegal Program.

For any questions regarding PACO's General Membership meetings, please contact the Program Committee Chair, Kemmily Kwok at: programs@pacoparalegals.org.

PACO: Workers' Compensation Roundtable

Announcing PACO's first Workers’ Compensation Roundtable of 2020. During this session, Susan Grom, a paralegal at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. will lead our discussion regarding the Violation of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR). Whether you are new to the practice area or a seasoned veteran, and whether your firm represents injured workers or employers, all are welcome and encouraged to attend to learn more about this complex issue.

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Place: Offices of Eastman & Smith Ltd., 100 E Broad St #2100, Columbus, OH 43215
RSVP/Questions: Angie Vohsing, at AMVohsing@eastmansmith.com or 614-564-1444

*Bring your lunch with you! For those who are unable to come in person, we will offer conference calling as an option.

PACO - Programs Committee - Opportunity for Volunteers!

Calling all PACO members who are looking for a volunteer opportunity. The Programs Committee is seeking assistance with the planning and organizing of PACO's monthly membership meetings. This position involves seeking potential speakers and sponsors for the meetings and is a great networking opportunity while also working alongside other legal professionals on the committee! If you are interested in the Programs Committee, please contact Kemmily Kwok at programs@pacoparalegals.org.

PACO Volunteer Needed - CBA Lawyers Quarterly Editorial Board

Calling all PACO members! The CBA Lawyers Quarterly Editorial Board is looking for a PACO member to join their Board. For more information, contact Garth Rowbotham at: photography@pacoparalegals.org.

PACO Members - Invitation to attend ILTA Social Hour

The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) has invited PACO members to join them for a toast of good cheer to the new year! We'll enjoy a fun evening of hors d'oeuvres and libations as we meet, mingle and network with our peers and industry representatives.

This event is open to all area ILTA members, potential members and our fellow legal tech associations' members. We hope to see you there!

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020
Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Miller's Ale House - 1201 Olentangy River Rd.

Columbus State Community College - NALA CPE Exam Review

Columbus State Community College is offering a NALA Certified Paralegal Exam (CPE) Review Class during Spring Semester which starts in January 2020. If there are PACO members who are interested, they can register online or in Eibling Hall, or they can contact Tom Shanahan (tshanaha@cscc.edu), Deb Hoffman (dhoffman@cscc.edu), or Cathy Ritterbusch (critterb@cscc.edu) if you need permission to enroll. The cost is the same as any other 3-hour class (and academic credit is awarded).

NFPA - Upcoming Webinars

1. Active Shooter Response for Civilians - January 27, 2020 at 12:00pm ET - Speaker: Ray Hanna- Active shooter incidents are currently very prevalent globally to include many current/past attacks in the U.S. This training will provide information to attendees to help them recognize/identify behaviors which could precede possible attacks and provide information to officials at their workplace as well as law enforcement to help stop a possible attack and if an attack happens information will be provided to help them respond appropriately as a civilian.

Cost is $5.00 for Members | $10.00 for non-members (This professional development webinar does not qualify for CLE Credit)


2. A Day in the Life of a Litigation Paralegal - February 4, 2020 at 12:00pm ET- Speaker: Ida Williamson - An overview of the day to day responsibilities of a litigation paralegal, including tips and references for managing discovery, research and trial preparation from a senior litigation paralegal. The webinar will provide a snapshot of the duties of a litigation paralegal as well as suggestions on how to accomplish them timely and keeping on top of your deadlines.

Cost is $25.00 for Members | $50.00 for non-members (This webinar is worth 1.0 CLE Credit)


Franklin County Law Library 2020 Brown Bag Lunch Series

Brown Bag Programs for the first half of 2020 have been scheduled, see the complete schedule below. Each program is limited to 24 attendees so if you are interested in any of these programs, call and get your name on the list now! If you have a program suggestion (especially if you want to be the presenter of said program) send an email to Angela Baldree, MLS at abaldree@franklincountyohio.gov and she will be happy to schedule it for the second half of 2020.

CBA Corner – Law Night at the Blue Jackets

The Columbus Bar is teaming up with the Columbus Blue Jackets to offer Law Night on Friday, February 28. Your ticket purchase will give you admission to the game, as well as a pre-game presentation and networking event. The event before the game will feature a discussion about The Ohio State University's involvement in Esports, the new Columbus Crew Stadium, and the CBJ 20th Season Initiative. Panelists include:

  • Becky Bradshaw: Director, Affinity & Strategic Initiatives, (Esports Expert), The Ohio State University
  • Ted Tywang: Vice President & General Counsel, Haslam Sports Group (Cleveland Browns & Columbus Crew)
  • Greg Kirstein: Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Moderated by: Peter Lovins, Director, Legal Affairs, Columbus Blue Jackets

You’ll also receive a CBJ hat and be entered in a drawing to win fabulous prizes! Tickets are available in both the lower and upper bowl, but space is limited. Click on the following link to see & purchase available seats and view the agenda for the pre-game presentation! Bluejackets.com/law.

If you have questions, feedback or would like more information about PACO, please contact any Board member at:

Becky Lewis – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Shannon Reames – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Brittany Hays – Assistant Vice-President asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Angela Vohsing – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Cassandra Struble – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)

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